A book report on the things they carried by tim obrien

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It helps write the last few pages of what this war was about; not by filling it with more facts, but by filling it with questions, experiences, and life. The book also impacted me in a negative way. He tells the story of how he saw Martha at a college reunion after the war. Even though I am highly against his action, I understand why he felt lost, empty, and purposeless on Earth after the war. Things don't go as Fossie planned, though, because Bell becomes infatuated with the war, leaves Fossie, and joins the Green Berets in battle. Azar A young, rather unstable soldier who engages in needless and frequent acts of brutality; in one story, he blows up an orphan puppy that Ted Lavender had adopted by strapping it to a Claymore mine , then detonating it. He writes to Kiowa's father while the others search for the body - as usual, Azar jokes around at first. They try to terrify Jorgensen one night by pretending to be the enemy, but Jorgenson doesn't scare and O'Brien is forced to let go of his grudge when they agree they're even. Jensen isolates himself for a week, and eventually loses it and starts shooting his gun in the air until he's out of ammo. The emotional turmoil that veterans go through once they arrive home from war can be greatly understood by reading this book. At first, she cooks, cleans, and tends to the soldiers' wounds O'Brien muses over the suspicion that, without Harvard and writing, he too might have lost the will to live after returning from Vietnam. Additionally, the character Tim references writing the book Going After Cacciato which the author Tim had written and published previously. It shares with them the trials and tribulations that Americans encountered. In addition to Ted Lavender, a few other members of the Alpha Company are killed during their mission overseas, including Curt Lemon, who is killed when he steps on a rigged mortar round.

However, O'Brien admits eventually that Norman did not fail to save Kiowa, that was fictional. Norman felt like he died in Vietnam and he struggled to find his place and purpose in life.

His daughter Kathleen asks about the old farmer staring at O'Brien and thinks he looks angry, but O'Brien says that's all over. He took this story and related it to the death of his comrades and the people he killed. He is also a devout Baptist and a Native American that occasionally feels contempt and distrust towards white people. Berdahl takes him out on a boat so he's only yards away from Canadian soil. O'Brien's daughter, Kathleen, says he should stop writing so many war stories. The story travels between Cross' infatuation with a girl named Martha that he's in love with based on a single date in college, the death of the soldier Ted Lavender, and an itemized chronicle of what the men carried at war, from supplies, to tokens of luck, to emotions. It includes moments of camaraderie and beauty: a joke of a hate letter to the Draft Board; learning a rain dance between battles. There is story-truth and happening-truth. The story is split between Lieutenant Jimmy Cross' guilt fueling his conviction to write Kiowa's father a letter, the young soldier O'Brien who feels he killed Kiowa by turning on his flashlight in the dark to show him a picture of his girlfriend, and the men of the platoon who eventually pull Kiowa out. The author, who is the narrator, was against the war. Then he breaks his own nose with a pistol and asks Strunk if they're even. It provides the reader with the experience of not just knowing about death, but living it. It helps write the last few pages of what this war was about; not by filling it with more facts, but by filling it with questions, experiences, and life.

Jensen obliges, but seems to have an enormous weight relieved when he learns "Strunk died somewhere over in Chu Lai. O'Brien wants revenge on Jorgenson, but only Azar will help him try to scare the medic.

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When Kiowa slips into the "shitfield," Bowker repeatedly tries to save him but is unable to; as a result, he feels guilty for Kiowa's death after the war. After Lemon dies, Kiley writes a long, eloquent letter to Lemon's sister, describing his friendship with Lemon and emphasizing how good a person Lemon was; Lemon's sister never responds, which crushes Kiley emotionally.

The things they carried summary

After the first chapter, the narrator is identified as "Tim O'Brien," a middle-aged writer and veteran. I have been greatly impacted by this book in both a positive and negative way. They carried the weight of large futures being destroyed by their involvement in the war. Norman Bowker and Henry Dobbins play checkers every night. From where her house was, the soldiers find the corpses of the girl's family. He is very superstitious ; as a result, he wears his girlfriend's pantyhose around his neck as a protective "charm," even after she dumps him. Dobbins agrees. Even though I am highly against his action, I understand why he felt lost, empty, and purposeless on Earth after the war. O'Brien asks if he can write a story about Cross, expressing his memories and hopes for the future; Cross agrees, thinking that perhaps Martha will read it and come find him. Later that night, however, he complains of a phantom tooth ache so severe a tooth is pulled - even though it's perfectly healthy.

Henry Dobbins wants to become a priest, but decides otherwise. Things don't go as Fossie planned, though, because Bell becomes infatuated with the war, leaves Fossie, and joins the Green Berets in battle. Another soldier also feels responsible for the death, as he did not save Kiowa; the story ends with the body being found in the mud, and both soldiers left to their guilt.

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They scare Jorgenson by pretending to be enemy soldiers, but the soldier proves that he is not a coward, so O'Brien lets go of his resentment. The author deals with his emotional dilemmas by wiring about the tragedies and emotions he and his comrades felt.

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